- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Pollination Press LLC; 1st edition (January 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780991356300
- ISBN-13: 978-0991356300
- ASIN: 0991356306
- Package Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 62 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pollinators of Native Plants: Attract, Observe and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants Paperback – January 1, 2014
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"Heather Holm has two passions: native plants and their pollinators, and she's combined these two loves into an incredibly informative and useful book that will help you choose the best plants for your wildlife garden to attract an abundance of native pollinators. She has effectively given us a botanical reference to native plants in conjunction with an entomological reference to native pollinators in one complete volume. ..."
"Everything about the book contributes to its ease of use, from the clean font to the color-coded tabs the top of each page. The information builds logically starting with explanations of the process of pollination and the structures of pollinators. There is a comprehensive chapter on conservation with practical advice on aiding pollinators in urban, suburban, agricultural and natural settings, including checklists for beneficial and harmful practices..."
"I am glad Heather Holm "slowed down" to observe the delicate relationships between native plants, pollinators and other beneficial insects. This book will inspire us to do the same, to experience the momement, with other living beings. This book is a wonderful tool to help us create, support and value these essential interactions in our gardens, communities, and region. I will refer to this guide book often."
- Erik James Olsen, Landscape Designer, Out Back Nursery & Landscaping, Hastings, MN
"This book, Pollinators of Native Plants by Heather Holm, could not have come at a better time. The book provides much needed information on understanding the key concepts of pollination and a thorough overview of native insect pollinators. One reason that I really like this book is that it addresses all types of native insect pollinators: bees, butterflies, moths, wasps, flies and beetles..."
- Ellen Honeycutt, Author of Using Georgia Native Plants blog.
"What I find truly unique about this book is that the author recognizes that a garden is an ecosystem. The gardener is a steward who works best when he or she understands how nature is working."
Full review: bugeric.blogspot.com/2014/02/review-pollinators-of-native-plants.html
- Eric R. Eaton, Co-author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America and author of the Bug Eric blog.
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"If you are a person that lingers at flowers and gets close enough to marvel at all the bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, wasps, and flies that visit flowers for food, you will love this book. Heather Holm has compiled a gorgeous and super-informative guide to the pollinating insects that visit native prairie, woodland and wetland flowering plants. At last, a book that tells us the whole picture: the bloom time, range, habitat, and characteristics of flowers that attract pollinators, and the life-histories and fascinating traits of the many beneficial insects that pollinate the flowers. As I sit here on this cold winter day admiring the beautiful photos, I am filled with hope that our bees and pollinators will abound next summer and evermore."
- Marla Spivak, Professor, University of Minnesota
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Chapter 4 covers prairie plants and the insects that interact with them, chapter 5 covers woodland edge plants, and chapter 6 covers wetland edge plants. Each plant gets between 2 and 4 pages. The first page gives a description, cultural information, and a brief list of complementary plants. The next 1-3 pages is devoted to insect interaction with the plant; not just pollinators of the plant, but insects that may prey on the pollinators, along with the various insects that may consume the foliage, flower buds, etc. Another chapter lays out garden plans for various situations: woodland edge, boulevard, rain garden, even plans to attract specific bees! I plan on having every plant she recommends for mason bees in my yard this year. (Last year I didn't see hardly any bees, and later, I didn't get very many berries on my blueberry bushes.) This chapter would also be really helpful to the garden design challenged. : )
This book should be read by every science teacher, be on every landscaper's and nurseryman's desk, and on every gardener's bookshelf. If it were, the bees and butterflies would soon be everywhere again!
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